Excess Baggage

Ever broken up with a girlfriend or boy-friend under less than the best of terms, vowing never to see one another again, only to run into the ex years later and not quite know what to say and how to respond? You both may still have wounds of hurt. And if you were the sole instigator, you may have grown in wisdom but still bear more than a few seeds of guilt.

Each of us carries baggage from earlier parts of our life journeys. Not only our physical bodies, but our spirits can bear wounds, some self-inflicted, others the result of misunderstandings or just pure bad luck. And there are those who suffer from the deliberate actions of those who wish us malice. These can be heavy burdens to bear, and too often they present sizeable barriers to our ability to move forward in our journeys. How can we ever be free?

How can we be done with the hurtful parts of our past? Those are questions we all ask eventually, and intuitively we know the answer. Jesus wants to take our hands and share His healing and His strength with us. We have only to give Him our hands, but they have to be open, not shut and holding tightly onto our old baggage.

Before you ask for His healing and His freedom, first check your hands. If they’re still full and still closed, you’ve left no room for Him and your prayer will go unanswered. Because it is no prayer at all.

Forgiving Lord, create in us a clean heart and restore our joy in living. Cleanse us that we may always be living examples to those who have hurt us. Grant them the same peace that we ask for ourselves. In Your name we pray. Amen

Take heart daughter your faith has healed you. Matthew 9:22

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